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Work It Out: Getting Your Work Out Routine Started

Work it Out

Hello Pink Republic!

I am on a personal journey of trying to “work it out” … physically and mentally. This year has been like a rollercoaster. I am engaged; I went to Paris and Rome with a friend; stopped talking to that friend; started a new job in February, then lost the job in April. Most would say that 2015 and myself are frienemies, and I wouldn’t disagree. Like dang, can a sista get some good luck, lol?

In 2013, I was a fitness goddess…well, in my eyes, lol. I worked out twice a week at Lincoln Park’s Nike Training Camp (which was amazing) and would exercise daily for 20 minutes. Goddess, I tell you! However, life got switched up once I started working for a company with no work-life balance. I feel that during my break this is the perfect time to get back in shape.

I am going to list a “Work it Out” guide to getting started to the healthy life:

1. Set Realistic Expectations and Goals.
I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON! Yet, the best work out time is early in the morning… um, she is not going to do that to herself. Friends can text me “I’m at LA Fitness now” at 5:45am until their fingers fall off, she will not be there. Know thyself and your limitations! I plan to get up 30 minutes before my wake up time, therefore, I can work out for 15 minutes, oil pulling for 5 minutes (yes, I entertain the idea of oil pulling in the morning), and prep a smoothie for 10 min (5 minutes are cut down because I oil pull while prepping the smoothie. Once I get comfortable with this schedule, then I will get up earlier and earlier.

2. Plan Out Your Routine.
What areas do you want to target? I put it in two categories: tone or enhance? As a woman, we get a little self-conscience about our bodies, so as positive re-enforcement I ask myself “what areas need toning?” and “ohhh baby, that needs to be enhanced”. Once I know my focus areas, it’s time to plan our routine, If I have more toning days, I rather schedule those on odd days and more often, so leg and arm days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday; while T&A (emphasis on the A) are Tuesday and Thursdays. Once I know my days, now its time for research. My two resources are Pinterest and Daily Burn. Some weeks I plan cardio or yoga, depending on how the week is going.

3. Test the Waters.
I know what you’re thinking “what about the gym?” Um… if you’re like me, you can’t barely get your flat booty up 45 minutes earlier in the morning, nor do you have a great work-life balance…sooooo no chick, no gym for you..just yet. Until you are hitting your exercise days like you are the Tone It Up girls or running like Allyson Felix, girl turn that Roku on and do that Daily Burn exercise. No need to waste the money if you are ready for the gym.

I can’t stress this enough, eating properly and drinking tons of water are keys to getting back in shape the right way. Using a water pill or starving yourself will not do. You will not notice any results at all. I am the worst at good eating myself because I am the cupcake queen. I have to have a cupcake or some type of dessert after I eat dinner, so planning out meals is my way to getting back healthy. Other ways to stay healthy are keeping your water bottle around you, eat smaller portions and substitute sugary foods for other snacks like nuts and fruits.

5. Stay Positive
Get that printer ready! Time to print out some Pinterest affirmations to keep that booty in shape. You may not see results immediately, so having a framed affirmation can keep you motivated.

Have you started back working out? What are some of your tips to getting back in shape?

– Jehan

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